L. Abatneh (2011). Police Reform and State Formation in Southern Sudan
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Since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Sudanese government
and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement in 2005, stability has prevailed but peace remains fragile in Southern Sudan. This article explores the modernisation of security forces in the territory, focusing on challenges and opportunities for the Southern Sudan Police Service. It examines how the political ambivalence of national leaders and key international actors, linked to their goal of creating a state in the South, are shaping the new police force. The study also examines the impact that institutional factors such as a weak legal framework and structural factors such as scarce public resources are having on the development of an effective, rights-respecting police service in the South.